Heather Rider Hammond and David A. Boyd obtained summary judgment in favor of a Fortune 500 company completely resolving a series of claims arising out of a loan agreement. After reviewing competing motions for summary judgment, the Court granted the motion filed by Gravel & Shea in its entirety and dismissed with prejudice all of the claims against Gravel & Shea’s client. A copy of the opinion can be found here.
Gravel & Shea PC Assists Caledonian Record in Obtaining Access to Recordings of Police Chase and Shooting
The Caledonian Record requested access to recordings of a police chase and subsequent shooting. The alleged criminal defendant resisted production of the recordings. Matthew B. Byrne argued for access to a police video taken of a police chase and shooting of a suspect. After Gravel & Shea PC intervened on behalf of the newspaper, the defendant withdrew any objection he had to the release of the video recordings. The video recordings have now been posted on the newspaper’s web page.
Gravel & Shea has once again been ranked as a leading law firm in Vermont by Chambers USA, an annual ranking of law firms and lawyers by areas of practice in each state. Gravel & Shea received a “Band 1” ranking, the highest possible, in Corporate/Commercial; Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate. The firm also earned recognition as a leader in Vermont in Intellectual Property and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.
The firm’s Corporate/Commercial group was top-ranked, and Chambers notes they have “interesting and varied areas of focus such as EB-5 immigrant investments and renewable energy-focused corporate and transactional work.”
Also top-ranked, the firm’s Litigation group was described as a “highly regarded, deep bench with an excellent track record handling major, high-profile commercial disputes” as well as covering a “broad spectrum of expertise including antitrust, trust and estate litigation, bankruptcy matters, product liability controversies, professional malpractice and construction disputes.”
Receiving the highest ranking, the firm’s Real Estate group was described by Chambers as a having “a range of experience covering all real estate bases, taking projects from acquisition to disposition and occupancy” and clients agree they “have a high degree of confidence in working with them.”
The firm’s Intellectual Property group is known for its “strong litigation practice in domain name, copyright and patent disputes.” Chambers specifically recognized Andrew Manitsky as having “extensive knowledge of the technology industry, including experience of complex civil disputes relating to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.”
Gravel & Shea attorneys included in the individual rankings are:
Corporate/Commercial (Band 1)
Intellectual Property (Band 2)
Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
Real Estate (Band 1)
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
Chambers USA is widely used by firms and businesses for referral purposes and many utilize the rankings and profiles of firms to find appropriate legal counsel. Firms and individuals are ranked in bands, and the rankings are developed through research and thousands of in-depth interviews with clients and peers in order to assess their reputations and knowledge across the United States. The guide reflects a law firm’s high level of performance in key areas including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other various qualities stated as most valued by the client.